Education Honours - Frequently Asked Questions

Question Index

  1. What is the best way to choose a topic?

  2. Is there an ethics application handbook?

  3. Where can I find the deadlines for submission of ethics forms and where can I find the correct templates?

  4. When will I find out if I have been accepted into Honours in 2014?

  5. Is there a format or scaffold we must use to write our thesis?

  6. Are there guidelines for when I should aim to complete certain aspects of my honours thesis, such as date collection, analysis, drafts etc?

  7. Is there any help available for statistical analysis in our project?

  8. How much support is my supervisor supposed to give?

  9. What is the final submission date for the honours report and seminar presentation?

  10. What is the weighting of the thesis towards our final honours mark?

  11. What are the gradings for honours?


1. What is the best way to choose a topic?

It’s important that the topic you end up choosing to complete your research project is one that you have a genuine interest or passion in as it will be 3 semesters of your time here in the Faculty. Sometimes a topic will be discussed in one of your lectures or you will have read or seen something on the news that draws your attention. It should also be something that can be supervised by a staff member in the Faculty – but that doesn't always mean someone in your degree program. The key is to research your area and have ideas before visiting any staff member and be clear about WHY you want to do it. Remember – its also meant to be both rewarding and enjoyable!


2. Is there an ethics application handbook?

There is currently no ethics application handbook, however it might be a possibility and certainly explicit details of the process will be provided to you in Education Honours Preliminary (EDUF4020). The University also does provide guidance on the ethics process and how to submit an application via IRMA. The best place to start would be your supervisor for guidance and you can also check out the University's Human Ethics website.


3. Where can I find the deadlines for submission of ethics forms and where can I find the correct templates?

All details regarding Human Ethics can be found on the University's Human Ethics website. You should make sure you are familiar with this site before starting the ethics process.


4. When will I find out if I have been accepted into Honours in 2014?

It is expected that all grades for semester 1, 2014 will be released to student on or around July 14, 2014. Following this date, students will be allocated to honours supervisors and will be informed of their acceptance shortly thereafter.


5. Is there a format or scaffold we must use to write our thesis?

Your report is not a thesis in the traditional sense but rather a document that resembles an academic journal paper. While its unlikely that any two reports will be identical, you will be provided with clear details of the expectations of this in the unit outline for Education Honours Dissertation (EDUF4021). You will be guided by some extent by your disciplinary backgrounds but a suggested structure will be provided for you.


6. Are there guidelines for when I should aim to complete certain aspects of my honours thesis, such as date collection, analysis, drafts etc?

Each project is likely to be very different and if you are working on a supervisors project then some of these things may happen earlier or later than your peers. As a rough guide we would suggest that if you do not have ethics approval by the middle of semester 1 in your final year then this may make your project difficult to complete – especially if you need additional ethics approval from outside agencies like SERAP. Likewise, we would strongly recommend that you have all your data collected by the end of semester 1 of your final year to give yourself time to analyse and write up your findings during the inter semester break.


7. Is there any help available for statistical analysis in our project?

In the first instance your supervisor should be able to provide you with some guidance about this part of your data analysis, as well as direct you to appropriate resources to help you – such as Julie Pallant’s fantastic book SPSS Survival Manual.


8. How much support is my supervisor supposed to give?

We have provided a number of roles and expectations for both supervisors and students to observe and adhere to. All incoming students and supervisors in semester 2, 2014 will be asked to sign up to them. The roles and expectations can be found here:

http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/current_students/undergraduate/ed_honours/roles_expectations.shtml


9. What is the final submission date for the honours report and seminar presentation?

Final submission date for the honours report in 2014 in Thursday September 25 (week 9). This will be before you go out on your internship. Seminar presentations will be held the week after your intership, as follows:

  • Early Childhood: Monday November 17
  • Primary: Monday November 17
  • Human Movement and Health Education: Monday November 17
  • Secondary combined degrees: Monday Novemeber 24

Full details will be provided to you in Education Honours Dissertation (EDUF4021) unit outline by the end of semester 1, 2014.


10. What is the weighting of the thesis towards our final honours mark?

The report is worth 80% of your grade for Education Honours Dissertation (EDUF4021) – with the seminar presentation worth 20%. This is just one unit that is combined to give you your final Honours mark – which is called the HWAM (Honours Weighted Average Mark). Each program has a number of different units that are used to calculate the HWAM, detailed in the table below. These calculations are set by the resolutions for each course as detailed in the Faculty's Undergraduate and Graduate Entry Handbook.

BEd (Early Childhood) BEd (Primary) BEd (HMHE) BEd (Secondary), BA/BSc
Units of study with weight = 2
EDEC3002, EDEC3004, EDEC3005 EDUP3002, EDUP3003, EDUP3008, EDUP3009, EDUP3034 EDUH3019, EDUH3010, EDUH3029 EDSE4042, EDSE4046, EDSE4044, curriculum 3A, curriculum 3B
Units of study with weight = 3
EDEC4001, EDEC4002, EDEC4004, EDEC4005 EDUP4018, EDUP4074, EDUP4076, EDUP4077, EDUP4080 EDUH4004, EDUH4005, EDUH4051, EDUH4050 EDSE5*** Year 5 option unit
Units of study with weight = 6
EDUF4020, EDUF4021 EDUF4020, EDUF4021 EDUF4020, EDUF4021 EDUF4020, EDUF4021

11. What are the gradings for honours?

Please see below for the Faculty's honours gradings. These gradings are set by the Resolutions of the Faculty.

Description HWAM Range
 Honours Class I  HWAM>=80
 Honours Class II (Division 1)  75<=HWAM<80
 Honours Class II (Division 2)  70<=HWAM<75
 Honours not awarded  HWAM<70